Best Spots For Freelancers And Hot Desking in London
Being a freelancer in London can often feel like an uphill slog; finding structure can be difficult without the rigour of office hours, and finding a spot with a healthy WiFi speed can be impossible at times... so let us hook you up with some solid remote working ideas. We've collected the best bar and restaurants for hot desking in London so you can get your work done in stylish surrounds.
Last updated on 9th November 2023
Tucked in between Euston and King's Cross, The Somers Town Coffee House is a cosy, relaxed pub for London freelancers. Just moments away from the British Library, the venue offers free wifi, breakfast from 8am and a selection of beers and great food to motivate and reward yourself with.
If you're a freelancer looking for somewhere to work during the day, Finsbury Park's Someday is bound to impress. Not only does this City North Place venue have a great space to work, but there's also reliable wifi and plenty of lunch deals and coffee to enjoy.
If you're a freelancer looking for a top-notch spot to get work done, then head along to The Rosy Hue in Elephant and Castle. This awesome boozer is touting a fabulous range of space both inside and on its outdoor terrace. Feeling peckish? It has plenty of burgers for that.
Of all the bars and cafes for freelancers in London, The Book Club in Shoreditch is a particular treat. Beautiful, comfortable and with obligatory coffee and free wifi, when you're done with work for the day you can hang around to experience a taste of their eclectic events programme.
Need a spot to get some work done? If you're near Notting Hill, it's definitely worth setting yourself up at The Elgin. Nestle in and order delicious British fare or ask for a cheeky pint if you're really feeling it. Plus, you can catch whatever sports game happens to be on TV.
Insatiably Instagram-able, this bar and restaurant just moments from Sloane Square is the perfect backdrop for your #workinghardorhardlyworking selfie. With food and drinks served all day, its the cafe for freelancers looking for a bit of luxury with their labour.
While working from home may have its upsides, it can get a little boring working between the same four walls every day. To shake things up, why not try out The Lord Palmerston in Tufnell Park? While you have your head down, enjoy delicious food and quirky decor.
Bored of your boring ol' home office? Take your laptop and set up shop at House of Hades on Morning Lane. Enjoy a laid-back atmosphere at this East London spot during the day, where you'll get to guzzle unlimited coffee at the cool lounge upstairs.
This beloved Dalston boozer isn't just a haven for live music and Friday night antics, it's also a cracking place to settle in and crack on with work. In the daytime, it provides a cosy nook for the freelance community to crack on and enjoy a pint once they're all done.
While you're on the move it can be difficult to find a place to work (and even better, one with sockets). The Victory in Waterloo is a modern British pub offering a relaxed space to get your jobs done in the company of fine food and wine, like harissa houmous, plus salt and pepper squid.
Opening late-morning Tuesday-Sunday, The Exhibit in Balham is an all-day food and drink "youth club for adults" - or more like a homework club for the London freelancer. Reasonably priced, with relaxed, friendly staff and a spacious, open-plan seating area, it's an ideal cafe-restaurant for freelancers.
If you're looking to hot desk, FAIM in Fitzrovia offers a laid-back space that's ideal for working. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere here, all while you scoff down a variety of mouthwatering plates and pastries. As for drinks? Expect plenty of coffee and tea.
If you're a freelancer or looking to hot desk in Brixton, then make your way to Bellefields. Not only does this laid-back venue have a great space for those quiet moments, but it also whips up a mouthwatering range of international plates and bevvies. Oh, yes.
If you're looking for a cosy spot to make yourself comfy while you get on with some work, then head to The Bull & Gate on Kentish Town Road. There's gastro pub grub aplenty, winning hospitality and tipples ready to be poured if it's just been one of those days.
Wondering where to hot desk in Clapham? Bubba Oasis offers you a fabulous, laid-back space where you can finally tick off that work to-do list. While you've got your head down, enjoy brunch and lunch - with cocktails for when 5pm finally hits.
Freelancing or hotdesking and need a space to focus? At The Albion, the warm and inviting ambiance is perfect for getting work done in the city, while enjoying delicious British eats and award-winning pints in between your breaks.
Looking for a place in Victoria to work? Sports Bar & Grill offers plenty of fantastic desk space so that you can do so uninterrupted. And if you fancy some refreshments, there's an excellent menu of food available, plus your post-work pint will be closer than ever.
If you're in the habit of working away from home, and are looking for something *particularly* pretty, don't miss your chance to hunker down at Bubba Oasis. A top hot desking spot in Angel, this pastel coloured cutie promises speedy WIFI and unlimited coffee (plus a rooftop for when the sun shines).
With free wifi and a fabulous British menu, the Founders Arms is a great spot for a spot of work and low-key vibes. Not only is there plenty of space to relax and get things done, but you can also soak in the stunning, yet, inspiring views of the Thames and St. Paul's.
Serata Hall isn't just known for their gorgeous cocktails and pizzas, they're also a dab hand when it comes to accommodating hot deskers in London. From their ample light and gorgeous seating areas to wifi and coffee, it's a must for freelancers in Shoreditch.
On the hunt for somewhere to hot desk? Be sure to head on over to Lanterna on Wyke Road. This Hackney gem is home to a fabulous space to get all your work done, alongside a crackin' food menu to curb those cravings. Think mouthwatering slices of pizza and thirst-quenching sips.
Have your hotdesking and after-work drinks in one place, thanks to Market Place Harrow, Peckham and Vauxhall. You'll be able to nab all kinds of tasty street food to keep you going, before delving into the cocktails once the hard day's work is done.
Housed inside a Grade II-listed Georgian mansion, this Hammersmith members club is providing you with the perfect place to freelance in London. Set yourself up in one of their many rooms where you'll be able to work in peace, before stopping for lunch or a coffee and grabbing some sun on their outdoor terrace.
To get a change of scenery and spend your working day at a lovely Holborn boozer? Check out The Yorkshire Grey. This Grade II listed pub is a cosy little beauty with modern touches, alongside having everything else you could want from a pub.
Bored of the same four walls? Head over to Bubba Oasis in Angel to enjoy the perfect place for hot-desking. Not only is the venue cosy with lots of natural light, but it also has quick WiFi, tasty food and rocket fuel coffee to see you through those long meetings.
Spend a relaxing day typing by the river with a trip to Two More Years. A studio concept and bar in Hackney Wick, this community hub is providing you with coffee and burgers during working hours, before switching to organic wine and award-winning craft beer from a sustainable brewery.
With weekly and monthly passes available for bottomless coffee and fast wifi, Brixton's Canova Hall is likely to become the destination cafe for freelancers in London. Add to that the delicious pizzas, which are served all day, and you've got yourself a freelancers Nirvana.
If you're someone who finds themselves easily distracted, People's Park Tavern is a great London pub to freelance from. And if you hit a wall completely then you can blow off steam with a couple of rounds of crazy golf in the garden, or enjoy a walk round neighbouring Victoria Park to refocus the mind.